Scholarly Communication, Digital Skills & Services and Research Infrastructure : LIBER Strategy (2018-2022)

LIBER’s Vision for the research landscape in 2022 is that the role of research libraries will lie in Powering Sustainable Knowledge in the Digital Age.

To make this happen, LIBER intends to provide the most added value through its three Strategic Directions (2018 - 2022): (1) Innovative Scholarly Communication, (2) Digital Skills & Services and (3) Research Infrastructure and five key enablers.  These directions will be three important pillars to achieve (by 2022) a world where: 

Open Access is the predominant form of publishing

Research Data is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR)

Digital Skills underpin a more open and transparent research life cycle

Research Infrastructure is participatory, tailored and scaled to the needs of the diverse disciplines

The cultural heritage of tomorrow is built on today’s digital information

STRATEGY 1 : Innovative Scholarly Communication

This strategy has four main priorities: 

1.) Innovative approaches for Open Access of Research Publications
2.) Research Data Management in light of FAIR Principles
3.) Innovative Metrics to monitor and evaluate research
4.) Innovative Peer Review

These priorities will be supported by three LIBER Working Groups: Copyright & Legal Matters - - Innovative Metrics - - Open Access.

In this frame, LIBER provides its support to four projects: * OpenAIRE 2020, * HuMetricsHSS, * FOSTER Plus, and *The European Open Science Cloud for Research pilot project (EOSCpilot).

STRATEGY 2 : Digital Skills & Services

This strategy is governed by the following seven priorities: 

1.) Fostering a Service Development Philosophy based on user-centred design
2.) Diversifying Digital Skills of Library Staff Members and Researchers with help of an educational programme
3.) Positioning libraries as a hub for Digital Cultural Heritage and Digital Humanities
4.) Stimulating Citizen Science through outreach and the development of services
5.) Developing library capacity and services to support the uptake of Text and Data Mining
6.) Influencing Copyright and Legal Matters at a policy level
7.) Advocating for developing Information Ethics, in the interests of the research community.

These priorities will be supported by two LIBER Working Groups: Leadership Programmes - - Digital Humanities & Digital Cultural Heritage.

In this frame, LIBER contributes to two projects: * The European Open Science Cloud for Research pilot project (EOSCpilot) and * OpenMinTed

STRATEGY 3 : Research Infrastructure

This strategy is orginized around four priorities: 

1.) Shared Services and Cloud Services with a solid foundation regarding funding, governance, trust and an evolving technical and social infrastructure
2.) Semantic Interoperability: Open and Linked Data, Metadata and Ontologies, - to engage with other stakeholders to ensure interoperability and accessibility of content
3.) The development of criteria and guidelines regarding Data Stewardship and Data Curation
4.) Scalable infrastructure that should enable cross-disciplinary collaboration.

These priorities will be supported by two LIBER Working Groups:  Research Data Management - - Architecture Forum.

In this frame, LIBER contributes to five projects: * The European Open Science Cloud for Research pilot project (EOSCpilot), * OpenMinTed, * OpenAIRE 2020, * EUDAT, * AARC2

The development of the Strategy has been guided by LIBER’s Mission and Values.

Download the Strategy (PDF) or access it online here


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